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It’s Christmas In July For QVC, Colbert And Lord & Taylor

July 19, 2016

We’ve blogged about it once and now we’ll do it again: We hate the home-shopping network practice of having Christmas-in-July sales.

QVC held its own annoying one last week, where we had to watch host Rick Domeier hawking fake Christmas trees. But most of the home shopping channels have jumped on this bandwagon.

And now, for what we’ve noticed for the first time, brick-and-mortar retailers are having Christmas-in-July sales. That includes Lord & Taylor.

We even saw that Macy’s had a “Black-Friday-in-July” event.

We can’t escape.

As we sat down to write this blog Monday night, our fellow Montclair, N.J., resident Stephen Colbert was doing a song-and-dance number about the Republican convention.

In his convention song, Colbert warbled, “It’s like Christmas in July!”

Oy vey!

Ex-Evine Live Host Charged With Macy’s Ripoff

April 14, 2016

Here’s another black eye for Evine Live. Jennifer Kline, described as a former host on the home shopping network, has been charged with swindling Macy’s.

The Hennepin Attorney in Minnesota issued a press release on the charges against Kline. We don’t remember her as a host, but Kline’s Facebook page describes her as a beauty and style expert on Evine Live.

From what we make of the case, Kline is accused of buying a bunch of designer duds at Macy’s, and then returning a batch of clothes for a $5,000 refund at the Mall of America. But she allegedly took the tags off the new clothes, put them on a batch of old clothes, and returned the swapped-out old items.

Here is the text of the press release on Kline, who is an ex-Mrs. America.

Former Mrs. America charged with swindle at Macy’s

A former Mrs. America and home shopping network host was charged with theft by swindle in a scheme that cost Macy’s more than $5,000, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Jennifer Susan Kline, 50, of Wayzata was scheduled to make her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon. Kline was crowned Mrs. America in 1989 and had been a host on ShopNBC/EVINE Live.

According to the criminal complaint, a Macy’s asset protection detective contacted Edina Police in early December to report that on Nov. 5, Kline purchased $2,884 worth of designer clothing items from the Southdale store. The next day, she purchased another $2,906 worth of clothes from the same store. On Nov. 11 and 30, Kline returned numerous articles of clothing to Macy’s Mall of America store and was refunded $5,501.

The Macy’s detective was told about the returns and examined the returned clothes. He discovered that the tags and labels had been switched from the new clothes Kline purchased and attached to the returned clothing. On further examination, the returned clothes were dirty or showed other signs of having been worn, the complaint states.

Edina Police executed a search warrant at Kline’s home and recovered 24 items of clothing purchased on Nov. 5 and 6 and supposedly returned on Nov. 11 and 30, according to the complaint.

Joy Mangano’s New Miracle Mop Gets Lousy Reviews

January 21, 2016

Joy Mangano’s updated Miracle Mop has only averaged a 2.2 rating out of five stars, based on more than 1,400 reviews, according to

But when we started to go through them, we had a hard time finding anything but “pristine” five-star ratings. What’s up with that?

We heard from one reader that the mop is so tricky to assemble that the home shopping network has now included special instructions on putting it together on its website.

We’re a little behind to blog about this point, but Mangano’s products are now not only being sold in Macy’s. They are also being peddled in other brick-and-mortar retailers such as Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target.

If we had known that, we would not have bothered to order Mangano’s mop and bucket from HSN.

Right now they are sitting, still in their boxes, in our living room.

Mangano, the inspiration for the Jennifer Lawrence film “Joy,” sold more than 210,000 mops in one day.

Joy Mangano To Debut At Macy’s, She Will Appear At Herald Square

January 6, 2016

On Christmas Eve we blogged about HSN queen Joy Mangano bringing her products to Macy’s. We didn’t have to be a genius to figure it out, since the brick-and-mortar retailer was running ads in The New York Times about it.

It seems to us to be a unique move on the part of a home shopping network, to have one of its key vendors also featured at Macy’s. But remember that HSN owns Mangano’s company, Ingenious Designs, so sales from Macy’s should trickle back to Mindy Grossman and her crew.

And we guess HSN wanted to strike while the iron, or Little Steamer, is hot, with Mangano getting a lot of press since the release of the film “Joy,” which is loosely based on her life story.

Joy Mangano and her Little Steamers are coming to Macy's.

Joy Mangano and her Little Steamers are coming to Macy’s.

In any event, Macy’s Tuesday finally got around to doing a press release about its pact with Mangano. And the entrepreneur will be appearing at Macy’s Herald Square in the Big Apple this Saturday, Jan. 9, for the big launch.

Here’s the announcement from Macy’s:

Macy’s Introduces Award-Winning Home Helpers from Inventor and Entrepreneur Joy Mangano

Known for innovative products that make people’s lives easier, Joy will be carried in Macy’s stores and on starting January 2016

Joy to appear at Macy’s Herald Square on January 9

January 05, 2016 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Launching on Jan. 9, the award-winning Joy brand will join the roster of Macy’s Home Store, offering innovative products that make a difference and simplify everyday challenges. Fueled by the breakout success of her first product, the Miracle Mop®, Mangano has spent the last 30 years creating solutions that make people’s lives easier, which inspired the star-studded film, “Joy,” by 20th Century Fox that released on Christmas Day.

The product line at Macy’s will include Miracle Mop®, Huggable Hangers®, My Little Steamer®, Better Beauty Case, MemoryCloud Pillow, and Forever Fragrant® Vase and Sticks. Joy will make an appearance at Macy’s Herald Square store in New York City on Jan. 9 – the day the brand launches nationwide.

“The Joy brand embodies everything we look for when considering the best home assortment for our customers,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Joy’s innovative products have helped make home tasks easier for three decades, making her a true leader in the industry. We are thrilled to embark on this new partnership and to bring this product to our customers in Macy’s stores and on”

An expert in designing, inventing and marketing innovative products for live content retailer HSN for more than 15 years, Joy holds more than 100 patents and trademarks.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring my products to Macy’s,” said Joy Mangano, “There is something magical about shopping at Macy’s and I know customers are going to experience that same magic when they discover my products in their stores nationwide.”

The collection starts at $29.99 and will be available in Macy’s stores nationwide and on For Joy’s videos and tips, please visit

About Ingenious Designs LLC

Ingenious Designs LLC (IDL) is a subsidiary of HSN, Inc. and was founded in 1991 by its president, Joy Mangano. Joy is one of the most recognized inventors, entrepreneurs and product designers in the industry today and she is the creator behind innovative products such as the Miracle Mop®, My Little Steamer®, Huggable Hanger®, Comfort & Joy Memory Cloud™ Pillow, Forever Fragrant® and the Better Beauty Case. IDL also manages product lines for icon and celebrated supermodel IMAN, celebrity chefs Ming Tsai and Lorena Garcia, GRAMMY Award®-winning producer Randy Jackson, and Four-time GRAMMY Award®-winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban.

Joy Mangano’s New Miracle Mop And Macy’s

December 24, 2015

HSN is really looking to piggyback on the release of the new movie based on inventor Joy Mangano’s life, “Joy” starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.

First, the home shopping network will be debuting an updated version of Mangano’s Miracle Mop, whose creation is at the center of the new flick.

The new Miracle Mop will be the Today’s Special on Jan. 3, days after the Christmas theatrical release of “Joy.”

In addition, Mangano’s products will now be sold in Macy’s, we believe. What’s up with that?

We saw an ad to that effect in The New York Times today. We clipped the ad and put it in our purse, but of course now we can’t find it. It’s probably sitting on the floor of the Willowbrook Mall food court

HSN owns Mangano’s company, Ingenious Designs, so maybe the home shopping network wants to expand its sales to those who don’t dig TV retailing.

The new and improved Miracle Mop has “never-before-seen patent pending features that will simplify everyday challenges for her customers,” according to HSN’s press release Wednesday.

“I realize now the only thing harder than inventing is reinventing,” Mangano said in a canned statement. “But after spending the past two years re-engineering this amazing Miracle Mop, I’m so excited to help people across America take cleaning to a whole new level with this smartly designed, easier than ever before, self-wringing mop. Oh, and we have a variety of joyful colors because who ever said mopping can’t be fun?”

Here’s the boilerplate on it:

Joy’s New Miracle Mop, which already bears the Good Housekeeping Seal, features her revolutionary helix twist technology inside the pole, making it the first mop to literally wring itself, along with her braided miracle microfiber head designed to provide superior absorbency with its liquid lock technology and dual liquid release design, which allows you to mop as wet or dry as you want! In addition, this plush material was carefully selected to protect and polish the many surfaces of your house while capturing more dirt and mess than ever.

The New Miracle Mop includes a quick release removal system that allows you to wash and bleach your mop head so you’re always cleaning worry free.

It will be available on HSN in Black, White, Teal, Purple, Fuchsia and Gold for $19.95, the price of over 25 years ago with the game-changing technologies of today, all thanks to Joy! Customers who purchase the Miracle Mop on HSN on January 3rd will receive a one-year subscription to Good Housekeeping (limit one subscription per shipping address).

“If there is one item that put Joy on the map, it is her legendary Miracle Mop,” HSN President Bill Brand said. “We are proud to be the home of Joy and to exclusively launch the newly designed Miracle Mop, sharing yet another of Joy’s many incredible inventions with our customers.”

Brick-And-Mortar Retailer Macy’s Is Coming To Electronic Retailer ShopNBC

January 31, 2012

Here’s a new one on us: Macy’s is going to be selling home merchandise on ShopNBC.

On Tuesday the home shopping network announced that the retailer’s home products will premiere on the channel beginning Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Through this initiative, a select assortment of Macy’s exclusive private brands will, for the first time, be offered to a television viewing audience.

Here’s the spin from the press release:

An iconic retailing brand with a colorful history more than 150 years strong, Macy’s is home to some of the best fashion and lifestyle brands, producer of legendary events and host to beloved community
and holiday traditions in cities across the country.

ShopNBC viewers will experience the iconic Macy’s retail brand on ShopNBC through a curated assortment of some of Macy’s popular exclusive collections, including textiles from Hotel Collection and Charter Club,and housewares from Tools of the Trade and The Cellar. Macy’s home collections are tailored to each
and every customer to create unforgettable moments.

Here are the private label goods that Macy’s will be hawking. The descriptions are ShopNBC’s.

— Hotel Collection – Evokes the cool, clean-lined style of a world-class hotel or spa and offers a sophisticated collection of fine-quality bedding and bath elements. Premiering February 11th at 7 p.m. on ShopNBC.

— Tools of the Trade – High-quality, high-performance cookware and cutlery collection that has been providing smart style, advanced technology and real value for more than 20 years. Premiering Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on ShopNBC.

— The Cellar – Inspired by the latest trends in casual entertaining, this collection offers up-to-date tableware and decorative housewares that address the needs of today’s families. Premiering Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. on ShopNBC.

— Charter Club – Classic, all-American style home goods that provide the essentials for elegant, traditional decor with timeless bedding and bath elements. Premiering Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. on ShopNBC.

“As part of our company’s omnichannel strategy, Macy’s is focused on the convenience and synergy of reaching all consumer touchpoints in an effort to serve new and existing customers wherever and however
they want to shop,” Timothy Adams, Macy’s chief private brand officer, said in a canned statement.

“ShopNBC will be a great addition that complements our store and existing online and mobile channels by offering a new,interactive television distribution platform for some of our most desired private brands.”

And here’s what big Bob Ayd, ShopNBC’s president, had to say.

“We are thrilled to team with Macy’s and expand our product assortment,” Ayd said. “Macy’s private
brands are well known for delivering extraordinary quality and unique styling, and with ShopNBC reaching more than 80 million homes, we see this partnership as a tremendous opportunity to attract new customers
and provide exciting products to our existing customers.”

The Macy’s boilerplate:

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s Inc.,delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy’s stores and offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home.

Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances.

Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.

QVC In-House Designer Isaac Mizrahi’s Rising Star Was Tarnished By Flop At Liz Claiborne, Wall Street Journal Reports

August 16, 2010

QVC has been boasting about Liz Claiborne’s line coming to the network, and keeps extolling the designer it brought over from there. But maybe it shouldn’t be, if you believe a Page One story in The Wall Street Journal Monday

Headlined “Targeting Younger Buyers, Liz Claiborne Hits A Snag,” the piece chronicles the missteps of Liz Claiborne CEO William McComb. Once the top vendor in U.S. department stores, as of this month Liz Claiborne will now only be available at JC Penney and QVC after a falling out with its top client, Macy’s.

We wrote about this deal when it was announced last year. Ironically, The Journal doesn’t even mention the QVC part of the pact.

And the story is rather damning when it comes to Mizrahi, who is now QVC’s in-house lifestyle designer, doing everything from clothes to accessories to housewares and bedding.

The Journal blames Mizrahi with putting the final nail in the coffin of McComb’s and Liz Claiborne’s rocky relationship with its most important customer, Macy’s.

“In an effort to attract a younger audience, Mr. McComb decided to focus on the company’s contemporary brands with the most potential, including Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Lucky Brand Jeans and Mexx,” The Journal wrote.

“But he made a series of strategic blunders including hiring a star designer, Isaac Mizrahi, at a hefty salary and veering away from the Liz Claiborne brand’s trademark career apparel. He sold, discontinued or licensed several boomer brands—including Ellen Tracy, Dana Buchman and Sigrid Olsen—that weren’t performing well but represented major sales volume.”

A Columbia Business school prof tells the financial broadsheet that this realignment was “a disaster waiting to happen.”

McComb hired Mizrahi away from Target in 2008 as part of his effort to relanch the Liz Claiborne Line.

Mizrahi got a nice package, The Journal reported: a five-year contract worth $6 million a year; his entire 25-person design team came with him; and Claiborne agreed to foot the bill for fashion shows for Mizrahi’s personal high-end brand for roughly $1 million a season.

Macy’s executives expressed concern that Mizrahi’s funky designs wouldn’t appeal to Liz Claiborne’s core customers, working women, and it was right.

“Mr. Mizrahi’s designs hit stores in January 2009, generating media buzz and positive reviews from fashion critics,” The Journal wrote. “Michelle Obama was photographed in one of his outfits and Vogue ran a profile of Mr. Mizrahi.”

But the line flopped, shunned by Claiborne’s regular customers and hindered by the recession.

Macy’s dumped the line, and last October McComb announced Liz Claiborne’s exclusive deal with QVC and JC Penney, as well as Mizrahi’s move to QVC.

Mizrahi declined to comment for The Journal piece.

As we’ve said before, we loved Mizrahi’s Target clothes. At QVC, he’s lost his mojo. He really disappointed us.

ShopNBC Can’t Afford Charla Rines, But It’s Paying The New President $400,000 A Year

February 3, 2010

ShopNBC's $400,000 man

ShopNBC is paying its new president, QVC and Macy’s veteran Bob Ayd, a base salary of $400,000, according to a filing with federal regulators Wednesday.

After the market closed, ShopNBC stealthily filed an 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Ayd’s compensation package. The 61-year-old, named the network’s president Feb. 1, will receive an annual base salary of $400,000, according to the filing.

He also “will have a fiscal year 2010 incentive opportunity to earn up to 65 percent of his annual base salary.” If we can translate that into English, we think he can get up to 65 percent of his salary, or $260,000 on top of his annual wages, as a bonus if he hits his numbers. ShopNBC is also relocating Ayd.

As part of the deal, ShopNBC granted Ayd options to purchase 350,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price equal to the fair market value on the date of grant — or $3.99 on Feb. 1 — 280,000 of which vest over three years and 70,000 of which vest upon his relocation to Minnesota.

Canned host Charla Rines

This all may not sit well with fans of veteran ShopNBC host Charla Rines, who was let go by the network in January. Presumably, as a old-timer at ShopNBC, Rines was making a good salary, which may have helped pave the way for her demise. Or her age could have done her in. Either way, many ShopNBC viewers are not happy, according to the posts on our blog on her exit.

Ayd signed a non-compete agreement, and will receive an amount equal to his base salary, namely $400,000, if he is terminated without cause during his first year of employment.

Ayd served as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at QVC domestic from 2006 to 2008. He also served as senior vice president of design Ddvelopment & global sourcing and brand development from 2005 to 2006, and as senior vice president of jewelry andfFashion from 2000 to 2004.

Ayd began his career at Macy’s in 1975 as a buyer of handbags, bodywear and footwear, launching a 20-year tenure that included promotion to numerous executive leadership positions, culminating with senior vice president in women’s sportswear. Ayd was an independent consultant from 2008 to 2009.

When Ayd was named ShopNBC president, CEO Keith Stewart voluntarily relinquished his title as president, while continuing as CEO and a director. Ayd reports to Stewart.

No. 3 ShopNBC Brings In Yet Another QVC Veteran, Bob Ayd, As President

January 28, 2010

ShopNBC president Bob Ayd

ShopNBC Thursday named Bob Ayd, a QVC and Macy’s veteran, president, reporting to CEO Keith Stewart.

As part of his new role, Ayd will oversee merchandising, planning, programming, broadcast operations and on-air talent.

“I am thrilled to be joining ShopNBC,” Ayd said in a prepared statement. “The culture is passionate, the focus is on the customer, and the opportunity at hand is golden. With already very exciting things happening at the company, I’m looking forward to doing my part in helping ShopNBC build on its progress to date while quickly ushering in a new decade of success.”

Ayd is the latest of a series of QVC executives that Stewart, himself a QVC alum, has brought over to ShopNBC as part of his team.

With three decades of experience, Ayd has an extensive background and track record, including executive leadership roles at multi-billion-dollar retailers QVC and Macy’s.

He was most recently consultin, but prior to that he served as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at QVC U.S. During his tenure at QVC, he also served as senior vice president, design development & global sourcing and brand development, and senior vice president of jewelry and fashion.

While at Macy’s, Ayd held a number of executive leadership positions including senior vice president in women’s

“We are excited to welcome Bob to the ShopNBC family,” Stewart said in a canned statement. “His fluent understanding of our business and world-class multichannel retailing expertise, coupled with the building blocks already in place at the company, will help accelerate our timeline to drive increased sales and profitability. Equally invaluable are Bob’s strong vendor relationships and industry contacts, which span the globe. We look forward to benefiting from his strong leadership, vast relationships and strategic guidance.”

Ayd will be granted inducement stock options Feb. 1 covering the right to purchase 350,000 shares of the company’s common stock. The options will have an exercise price equal to the closing price of the company’s common stock on the date of grant.

Liz Claiborne’s Isaac Mizrahi, Our Personal Designer, Set To Offer Line On QVC

October 8, 2009

We wore one of his Target dresses to the Emmys last year, and now he’s coming to QVC.

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s clothing line for Liz Claiborne, where he went after Target, is moving over to the home shopping channel.

The deal was announced Thursday, along with news that struggling Liz Claiborne has struck an agreement with J.C. Penney, naming it the exclusive department-store outlet for its Liz Claiborne and Claiborne lines.

QVC next fall will start selling the Liz Claiborne New York line, which is Mizrahi’s baby. The designer, the son of a children’s apparel manufacturer, is also the host of Bravo’s “The Fashion Show.” 

In addition to the high-end clothes he once did, at one point Mizrahi was designing for Target. Those clothes were gorgeous, well-tailored and inexpensive. And as we mentioned, we strapped on one of his $59 black Target dresses for the  Emmys last year. 

We actually interviewed Mizrahi several years ago when we were working for Crain’s New York Business. We and our colleague Phyllis Furman spoke to him for a story we were writing on AIDS and the fashion industry. That story won us a Gerald Loeb Award.

For QVC, Mizrahi will create a line of apparel, accessories and home goods.

“The opportunities for the Liz Claiborne New York brand inherent in this new distribution strategy with QVC are thrilling for me,” Mizrahi said in Thursday’s press release on the deal. “It affords us the ability to elevate the brand and effectively balance the collection so that we are able to maximize its sales potential. It is exciting for me to link my relationship with Liz Claiborne and my relationship with QVC, together we will revolutionize the way a brand builds and provides a direct voice to the customer.”

Commenting on the agreement, QVC president and CEO Mike George said, “We’re thrilled to collaborate with the Liz Claiborne organization to celebrate and reignite the heritage of this incredible fashion story in an entirely fresh, new retail environment. This iconic fashion brand, powered by the brilliant design talent of Isaac Mizrahi, presented through QVC’s immersive multimedia experience – for anyone who loves to shop, it’s an exciting glimpse at the future of retailing.”

QVC has the rights to use the Liz Claiborne New York brand with Isaac  Mizrahi as creative director on any apparel, accessories, or home
categories in their U.S. and international markets.  Liz Claiborne New York product at QVC will have higher-end styling and  quality. The multi-year agreement has renewal rights, and Liz Claiborne receives royalty on net sales.

Liz Claiborne’s clothing have previously also been sold at Macy’s as well as JC Penney, but now will only go to the JCPenney stores.

“In order for us to fully capitalize on the Liz Claiborne New York brand’s vast equity with consumers, we needed to find a more productive distribution strategy,” Liz Claiborne CEO William McComb said.

“Given QVC’s rich, brand-enhancing selling environment and its extremely consumer-centric culture, as well as its recent announcement to support the launch of the comprehensive lifestyle collection IsaacMizrahiLive!, QVC is ideal for Liz Claiborne New York,” he said. “I am excited to think that Isaac Mizrahi and Liz Claiborne New York will play a major role at QVC as they become one of the great success stories of the next decade.”